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An Israeli attack kills nine members of a family in Rafah – Newspaper

RAFAH: Gaza’s civil defense agency said Saturday that an overnight Israeli attack killed nine members of a Palestinian family, including six children, in the southern city of Rafah.

In addition, Israeli forces killed ten people in the occupied West Bank.

The city’s Al Najjar Hospital said the dead included five children aged one to seven and a 16-year-old girl, along with two women and a man.

“Nine martyrs, including six children, were recovered from the rubble after the Israeli Air Force attacked a house belonging to the Radwan family in Tal al-Sultan in Rafah,” Mahmud Bassal, spokesman for the Gaza Civil Defense Agency, said in a statement.

Outside the hospital, an AFP journalist saw people mourning small body bags. A woman stroked the forehead of a dead boy as planes thundered overhead.

10 killed in West Bank attack; Erdogan calls for Palestinian unity after meeting with Hamas chief

“People were sleeping peacefully,” said neighbor Abu Mohammed Ziyadah.

“As you can see, there were no militants, not even male adults, except the head of the family. They were all women and children.”

The Israeli army killed ten Palestinians during a sustained attack on Nur Shams, a refugee camp in the north of the occupied West Bank.

Journalists heard gunshots and saw houses hit by explosions as Israeli drones flew overhead and armored vehicles drove through the camp.

The Israeli army said it had neutralized 10 fighters and made eight arrests around Nur Shams in more than 40 hours. It said eight soldiers and a police officer were injured.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said it had confirmed 11 people injured in the Israeli attack, seven of whom were “injured by live gunfire.” It said a paramedic was shot as he tried to reach the wounded.

Erdogan-Haniyeh meeting

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Palestinians to unite during Israel’s war in Gaza, following hours of talks with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul on Saturday, his office said.

Erdogan said Palestinian unity was “vital” after the talks at the Dolmabahce Palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, which lasted more than two and a half hours, according to Turkish media.

“The strongest response to Israel and the path to victory lies in unity and integrity,” Erdogan said, according to a statement from the Turkish presidency.

As fears of a broader regional war grow, Erdogan said the recent events between Iran and Israel should not give Israel the opportunity to “gain ground and that it is important to act in a way that keeps the focus on Gaza.”

With Qatar saying it will reassess its role as a mediator between Hamas and Israel, Erdogan sent Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan to Doha on Wednesday in a fresh sign he wants a role.

“Even if I, Tayyip Erdogan, stay, I will continue as long as God gives me my life, to defend the Palestinian struggle and be the voice of the oppressed Palestinian people,” the president said Wednesday as he announced Haniyeh’s visit. .

Fidan held talks with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry on Saturday, with both men emphasizing the need to provide more humanitarian aid to devastated Gaza, where the threat of famine looms.

Turkey is one of Gaza’s main humanitarian aid partners, sending 45,000 tons of supplies and medicine to the region.

Last year, Erdogan compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tactics to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and called Israel a “terrorist state” for its offensive against Hamas following the group’s Oct. 7 attacks on Israel.

Published in Dawn, April 21, 2024